It’s almost Friday and probably most of you are scared of this. Why? A lot of people manage to keep on track with their diet during the week, but when Saturday and Sunday come, they let themselves lose it and start eating everything in sight. Thus, the results achieved during the week go to waste!
You know what I am talking about, right? There is something about weekends that makes you lose it. It seems like when Saturday comes, your body gets impersonated by another person, who has absolutely no will to resist the food temptations!
Why is that?
There isn’t just one answer that fits all, but probably the reason is hidden somewhere behind these :
1.During the week you eat clean, but not enough. You diet is more like a torture and deprivation, than a lifestyle. The weekend comes, you feel tired from work and starvation and you decide to give yourself not only some rest but to reward yourself with some of your favorite meals. Thus,one meal consisting of junk food, leads to a strong desire to eat some more of the foods that were on your black list during the week. And before you know it, the weekend is over. You ate as much as you could, whatever you could and you realize that all your hard work during the week, went to waste.
2.During the week everybody knows his schedule. You know what is on your list everyday, when you are supposed to do it and that makes it easier to plan your meals. Your tasks follow each other, and your eating is in harmony. The weekend is knocking and you have no idea what you are gonna do. A friend calls and asks you to hang out. Your grandma calls and asks you to go for lunch and so on. Your schedule is really chaotic. You are out and you are hungry. Right there, in that moment there isn’t a place where you could grab something healthy to eat. That is why you grab something to satisfy your hunger. The junk you just ate, lights a desire to eat more and there you are in the situation described in point 1.
3.You plan your cheat meals. I never liked planned cheat meals. Usually it turns out, that you spend your whole week, waiting for that day to come, so you could eat all you want. The day comes and you are starving for junk food. You try to eat all the junk, you resisted during the week. I’ve noticed that people who use such strategy in their diets, turn it into a habit. Thus, even if they do not feel a real need to eat something sweet, when that day is close, they unconsciously associate that day with food and they always screw the diet. Sounds familiar? Every week, the same day, the same time, and you can’t resist to cheat on your diet, right?
How do you overcome that?
1.Plan your meals for the weekend. Even if you do not know, where you will be, prepare some food. When you go out, grab the food. You don’t need to eat it, but in case that there isn’t any quality food around, you will always have a healthy alternative.
2.Forget about cheat days. Do not make it a habit. Do not think of it as a diet, but as a change in your lifestyle! If at times you feel like eating some junk, just eat some no matter what day it is. Try to have cheat days at different intervals. Sometimes eat a cheat meal every 10th day. Sometimes once every two weeks and etc. Thus you won’t make it a habit!
3.If you feel like eating something different, cook it yourself! Do not buy cakes and sweets from the supermarket. Cook yourself a coconut pancake or a fruit pudding. Something that you don’t eat everyday but something that is still healthy! This food will have a way different influence on your body, than junk food would. Thus you won’t feel a strong desire to eat more and more!